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Cambridge rejects boycott

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-08-02

Stop The Boycott

Stop The Boycott

The Council of the University of Cambridge has refused to support any planned boycotts of Israeli academia.

At a recent meeting of The Council, a statement was issued supporting Universities UK and stating that a boycott is not in the best interests of anyone.

"UCU members are free to debate the pros and cons of an institutional boycott of Israeli universities. Universities UK, however, would oppose any such boycott as this would be inimical to academic freedom, including the freedom of academics to collaborate with other academics, regardless of nationality or location."

Lorna Fitzsimons, chief executive of BICOM and joint Chair of Stop the Boycott welcomed the move claiming it "sends a clear message".

She said: "It clearly demonstrates how out of touch boycott supporters are with the wider academic community. We fully support the decision of the Council of the University of Cambridge as a boycott would not only severely damage the reputation of British academia but would be disastrous for peace in the Middle East."